but I have never encountered such a strong sense of community and an incredibly beautiful empathy within the artisans, the clients and the many staff and volunteers of the IFAA.
The client response I have had even after coming back from the show has reinforced my belief that the customer is looking for authenticity and a direct dialogue with the craftsperson and this is one of the answers to the future of a true luxury shopping experience.
Porfirio Gutierrez from Oaxaca who participated in 20 says this is a unique show because it caters to people who know and appreciate folk art.
She also said she encountered the real America, one that favors diversity and culture and a very different one from the one in the news.
Carla Fernandez, from Mexico and also a first time participant, said that she was very surprised to encounter a spiritual experience sort of a boot camp of the positive, the possible and the future where sharing is the currency.
She has been to many shows around the world just selling her products but this is the only time where she has felt a real support, a real sense of community.
The technique of hand stitching she is using is borrowed from the shoe and saddle making trades.
This is really at the core of what defines her craft.